The Galaxie in 1964 looks different from last year with the sloped roof introduced in the ’63 ½ models and the exterior is more sculptured and aerodynamic looking thanks to NASCAR testing. The interior as well has many changes for the last of this body design. The Ford Motor corporation quality control is about as good as it could be and most of these cars will make 100,000 miles before any major repairs could be needed. The Ford Galaxie has a good year in 1964 and their sales eclipse the other big three competitors numbers with the deserved reputation of having a low sticker price, comfort, good handling, and durability for all models.
The biggest selling Ford in ’64 is the Galaxie XL hardtop coupe and this is still a popular model for collectors. The basic XL has the 289 V8 with a new style thin shell bucket seat designed for driver comfort, as well lap belts are mandatory in 1964 for the two outside front seats. The high performance option is the 427 cu in (7.0 L) and this same engine in the Galaxie does well at the tracks around North America but the car is still too heavy and the new light weight Fairlane Thunderbolt does better with the same engine. There is another engine that Ford Galaxie had introduced late in ’64 for racing at NASCAR; the SOHC 427 “Cammer” was possibly the most powerful engine ever put into a production car by a North American manufacturer and is rated at over 600 hp (450 kW). NASCAR had a change in rules and this engine never went into large scale production because Ford was afraid of being held liable it was never sold to the public – officially – but there is a big possibility that a few Galaxies with these engines are out there somewhere in the hands of the public.
The 1965 Galaxie 500 has an all new body style, it is taller and wider with a stacked 2+2 headlight system with the XL designation dropped the 500LTD is the top model now. The engines are the same except for the six – it was dropped and an all new 240 cu in (3.9 L) is the smallest. The interior is much the same but the instrument cluster is altered somewhat and Ford introduces the double sided key. The new models have redesigned suspension – a three link style with all coils springs and the handling improves dramatically
In 1966 Ford introduces a new model; the Galaxie 500 7 liter with a 428 cu in (7.0 L) Thunderbird V8 engine. This year an am/fm radio is an option as is the dash mounted emergency brake light but the front and rear lap belts are mandatory now.
The7 liter no longer carries the Galaxie name in 1967 except on the VIN number and some of the trim part numbers still say Galaxie. The car has a rounder, less boxy look with a new grill that has a large bend in the center. The interior has a padded center hub in the steering wheel as well as other padded surfaces with reassessed dash controls and there are shoulder belt anchors installed awaiting the shoulder belt law. The latest in technology is available this year; it is an eight track tape deck The engine options are all the same but the duel master brake cylinders and back up lights as standard equipment.
For 1968 the grill is changed and the headlights are no horizontally mounted and the car sports side marker lights this year. The standard engine offered is now a 302 cu in (4.9 L) and other standard equipment includes courtesy lights, cigarette lighter, suspended gas pedal, and padded front seat backs. This year the steering wheel is again different and all the Ford products have a soft bar running through the wheels diameter with a plastic horn blowing ring.
Back in 1964, Super Stock drag racing racing was one of the hottest things going, and people loved the competition and energy of stock-appearing cars going much faster than normal. The next evolution was Factory Experimental, a class that allowed manufacturers to get a little crazier with performance parts and special pieces in cars that still appeared similar to what was for sale in local showrooms. This 1964 Mercury Comet is an A/FX car, one of 21 built, and it still retains all the "experimental" speed parts that it wore back in '64, like the 425 HP high-riser 427 and all the fiberglass body panels.
I love my muscle car. I love the way it looks. Sometimes I could just look at it forever. Take in all the angles, high, low, side, front, rear. There are so many, and it looks fantastic from every one. It’s shaped much different from today’s cars. It’s got passion, character, soul. One glance and you know she’s red hot. Cars were really works of art back then. Now they work for low drag coefficients thanks to the EPA, et al. They’ll never make ’em like that again. Sometimes I go out to the garage and admire. Sometimes I come out of a store and it catches my eye in a parking lot. I stop in my tracks and just look. Man, it’s gorgeous. I can’t help but smile. I’ve seen my car hundreds of times before, but I never get tired of seeing it again.